Your questions answered
What is the Independent
Concerned citizens across the country have asked
our team of commissioners to conduct a truly independent review
of the UK asylum system from
beginning to end. After eighteen months we will produce a report
that will produce recommendations for reform.
What is the premise
of the Commission?
The Commission begins its
investigation from the principle that the UK asylum system should
be fair, just and consistent with
human rights obligations.
What are the Commission’s terms
aim of the Commission is to conduct an independent review of
the UK asylum system and make recommendations to inform
the policies of the political parties in advance of the next
You can download the full terms of reference
What will the Commission not be investigating?
The Commission will
focus entirely on the asylum system in the UK. It will not investigate
the basic concept of asylum, the
the 1951 Convention, asylum and refugee issues outside of the
UK (except for the purpose of comparison with the UK system) nor issues
economic migration and other immigration matters.
Who are the
The Commissioners are people selected for their intellect, impartiality,
and calibre from a diverse number of fields, including law, politics,
academia and the churches. Sir John Waite and Ifath Nawaz chair
the Commission. You can download a full list of Commissioners
How will the Commission collect its evidence?
The Commission will
gather information by holding public
hearings across the country, issuing a call
for evidence and by undertaking
Who is the Commission accountable to?
The Commission is accountable
to citizens across the UK. The Commission is directly accountable
to the Citizen
Organising Foundation. Find out how the Commission can become
accountable to your organisation here.
the Independent Asylum Commission?
The Commission is completely independent of both government and
the refugee sector. It is funded entirely by charitable trusts.
The Commission is grateful to the MB Reckitt Trust, the Bromley
Trust, the Waterside Trust and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.